As the final stage (No.6) of the Holy Rosary Catholic School masterplan the new prep building enhances the school by providing much needed amenity.
Its location adjacent the existing kindergarten building creates an early years precinct and dedicated early learning play area.
The scale, form and materiality of the new pays homage to the original school buildings. The finely detailed glazing system, the warm timber joinery and delicate columns provide a more contemporary playful language and the wide verandahs provide an exaggerated depth and generosity to the building edge.
The “lazy gable” roof responds to the site conditions “flipping” up to form an entry and waiting space for parents and students.
The scope includes 2 new GLAs, a shared flexi-space with wet area, resource store, a WC, a cleaners store and an outdoor store. The verandahs along the long edges become circulation, undercover teaching spaces and play areas.
Interior spaces engage directly with the verandahs and new landscaped play area beyond.
The new proposal draws from and compliments the existing but reads as a distinct and contemporary addition.
Photos by Adam Gibson